Publications of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Mechanical Engineering Department faculty.


Submissions from 2019

Time Encoded Imaging of Neutrons and Photons Using CLYC Detector Equipped with a Dual Mode Collimator, Alexander Barzilov and Amber Guckes

Dual Mode Radiation Sensor for UAS Platforms, Alexander Barzilov and Monia Kazemeini

Gamma Ray Measurements Using Unmanned Aerial Systems, Alexander Barzilov, Monia Kazemeini, John Vargas, and Woosoon Yim

Gamma Ray and Neutron Sensors for Remote Monitoring Using Aerial Robotic Platforms, Alexander Barzilov, Monia Kazemeini, Woosoon Yim, and Joon Lee

One-Way Coupled Three-Dimensional Fluid-Structure Interaction Analysis of Zigzag-Channel Supercritical CO2 Printed Circuit Heat Exchangers, Katrine Bennett and Yi-tung Chen

Thermal-Hydraulic Correlations for Zigzag-Channel Pches Covering a Broad Range of Design Parameters for Estimating Performance Prior to Modeling, Katrine Bennett and Yi-tung Chen

Printed Circuit Heat Exchanger Performance Analysis Using Non-Uniform Segmental Design Method, Katrine Bennett and Yitung Chen


3D-Printing and Machine Learning Control of Soft Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Actuators, James D. Carrico, Tucker Hermans, Kwang J. Kim, and Kam K. Leang

Scaling Law for Cracking in Shrinkable Granular Packings, Han-Jae Cho and Sujit S. Datta

Bubble Nucleation, Growth, and Departure: A New, Dynamic Understanding, H. Jeremy Cho and Evelyn N. Wang

Thermo-Hydraulic Performance of Printed Circuit Heat Exchanger With Different Cambered Airfoil Fins, Wen-Xiao Chu, Katrine Bennett, Jie Cheng, Yi-Tung Chen, and Qiu-Wang Wang

Low-Altitude Contour Mapping of Radiation Fields using UAS Swarm, Zachary Cook, Monia Kazemeini, Alexander Barzilov, and Woosoon Yim

Transient Flux Neutron Activation Detector, William G. Culbreth

Capture of Decay Heat to Produce Thrust in a Nuclear Propulsion Rocket, William G. Culbreth and Kimberly Gonzalez

Modelling and Experimental Study for PVC Gel Actuators, Zachary Frank, Zakai Olsen, Taeseon Hwang, and Kwang J. Kim

Directional Detection of Neutrons and Photons Using Elpasolites: Computational Study, A. Guckes, Alex Barzilov, and P. Guss

Considerations for Hose Wielding UAV for Civil Infrastructure Cleaning, Blake Hament and Paul Oh


Design and Preliminary Testing of Demand-Responsive Transverse Rumble Strips, Md Shakhawat Hossen, Christopher Kappes, Mohamed Trabia, Brendan Morris, JeeWoong Park, and Alexander Paz


High-Performance Polyvinyl Chloride Gel Artificial Muscle Actuator with Graphene Oxide and Plasticizer, Taeseon Hwang, Zachary Frank, Justin Neubauer, and Kwang Jin Kim

Integration of CZT and CLYC Radiation Detectors into Robotic Platforms using ROS, Monia Kazemeini, Alexander Barzilov, Joon Lee, and Woosoon Yim

Study of Radiation Effects in Electronics of a Hexapod Robotic Platform, Monia Kazemeini, Jean Chagas Vaz, and Alexander Barzilov

Synchronous Polymerization of 3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene and Pyrrole by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) for Conductive Thin Film with Tunable Energy Bandgap, Sanghoon Kim, Joon Suk Oh, Taeseon Hwang, Hee Won Seo, Dong-Cheol Jeong, Jun-Ho Lee, Long Wen, Changsik Song, Jeon Geon Han, and Jae-Do Nam


Non-Einstein Viscosity Phenomenon of Acrylonitrile–Butadiene–Styrene Composites Containing Lignin–Polycaprolactone Particulates Highly Dispersed by High-Shear Stress, Sing-Hoon Kim, Kisuk Choi, Kyouk Ryeol Choi, Taesung Kim, Jonghwan Suhr, Kwang Jin Kim, Hyoung Jin Choi, and Jae-Do Nam


Fabrication of Biased-Magnetorheological Elastomers (B-MRE) based on Magnetized Ferromagnetic Particles, Choonghan Lee and Woosoon Yim

Ionic Polymer Metal Composites for Use as an Organic Electrolyte Supercapacitor, Pyoung-Chan Lee, Jung Eun Hyun, Sun Kyoung Jeoung, Jae-Do Nam, Taeseon Hwang, Kwang Jin Kim, and Krishna Chaitanya Solasa

Experimental Study of Transient Friction Characteristics and Velocity Distribution of Pulsatile Flow in Rod Bundles, Xing Li, Peiyao Qi, Sichao Tan, Dongyang Li, Yi-Tung Chen, and Xiaoyu Wang

Numerical Study on Nonuniform Segmented Enhancement Method for Thermoelectric Power Generator, Xing Lu, Xingfei Yu, Qiuwang Wang, Yitung Chen, and Ting Ma

Numerical Study and Optimization of Thermoelectric-Hydraulic Performance of a Novel Thermoelectric Generator Integrated Recuperator, Ting Ma, Zuoming Qu, Xingfei Yu, Xing Lu, Yi-Tung Chen, and Qiuwang Wang

Why Do Students Leave? An Investigation Into Why Well-Supported Students Leave a First-Year Engineering Program, Melissa L. Morris, Robin A.M. Hensel, and Joseph Dygert

Examining the Effects of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Activities in First-Year Engineering Classes, Melissa L. Morris, Karen E. Rambo-Hernandez, Aramati Casper, Robin A. M. Hensel, Jeremy C. Schwartz, and Rebecca A. Atadero

Assessment of p-Nitroso Dimethylaniline (pNDA) Suitability as a Hydroxyl Radical Probe: Investigating Bleaching Mechanism Using Immobilized Zero-Valent Iron Nanoparticles, Soroosh Mortazavian Dehkordi, Erick R. Bandala, Jee-hwan Bae, and Jaeyun Moon

Separation of Oil-Coolant Mixture from Water Using a Two-Step Process of Skimming and Coagulation, Soroosh Mortazavian, Hyeunhwan An, and Jaeyun Moon

Heat-Treated Biochar Impregnated with Zero-Valent IRON Nanoparticles for Organic Contaminants Removal from Aqueous Phase: Material Characterizations and Kinetic Studies, Soroosh Mortazavian, Tammy L. Jones-Lepp, Jee-Hwan Bae, Dongwon Chun, Erick R. Bandala, and Jaeyun Moon

Localized Radial Basis Functions and Differential Quadrature-Meshless Method for Simulating Compressible Flows, Ebrahim Nabizadeh and Darrell W. Pepper


Design and Modeling of a New Biomimetic Soft Robotic Jellyfish Using IPMC-Based Electroactive Polymers, Zakai J. Olsen and Kwang J. Kim

Simulation on Gas-Molten Salt Heat Transfer in Bubble Column for Solar Thermal Storage, Wenhao Pu, Ning Yang, Chen Yue, Dong Han, Weifeng He, and Yitung Chen

Experimental Study on the Resistance Characteristics of the Rod Bundle Channel with Spacer Grid Under Low-Frequency Pulsating Flows, Peiyao Qi, Xing Li, Xin Li, Shouxu Qiao, Sichao Tan, and Yi-Tung Chen

Experimental Investigation of the Turbulent Flow in a Rod Bundle Channel with Spacer Grids, Peiyao Qi, Xing Li, Shouxu Qiao, Sichao Tan, Sijia Du, and Yi-Tung Chen

The Effect of Length on the Insertion Loss of Fiberglass-Lined Sheet Metal Ducts--Part I: Rectangular Ducts, Douglas Reynolds and Michael Schwob

Collectively Exhaustive Electrodes Based on Covalent Organic Framework and Antagonistic Co-Doping for Electroactive Ionic Artificial Muscles, Sandipan Roy, Jaehwan Kim, Moumita Kotal, Rassoul Tabassian, Kwang J. Kim, and II-Kwon Oh

A World's Dilemma 'Upon Which the Sun Never Sets': The Nuclear Waste Management Strategy: Russia Part 2, Mark Callis Sanders and Charlotta E. Sanders

Shock Propagation Through a Bolted Joint Structure Under Impact Loading, Deepak S. Somasundaram, Pouya Shojaeishahmirzadi, Mohamed B. Trabia, and Brendan J. O'Toole


Introduction for the Special Issue on Beyond the Hypes of Geospatial Big Data: Theories, Methods, Analytics, and Applications, Qianxing Wang, Allison Kealy, and Shengjie Zhai

Flow Structure of the Entrance of a T-junction Duct without/with a Circular Cylinder, Xiaoyu Wang, Jing He, Bo Su, Hanbing Ke, Mei Lin, and Yitung Chen

Modeling Turbulent Compressible Flow with Thermal Effects using an hp-Finitie-Element Technique, Xiuling Wang, David B. Carrington, and Darrell W. Pepper

An Improved Mass Consistent Model for Three-Dimensional Wind Field Construction, Xiuling Wang, Yaniel Liu, Bin Chen, and Darrell Pepper

Assessment of Different Turbulence Models on the Large Scale Internal Heated Water Pool Natural Convection Simulation, Hongyang Wei and Yi-Tung Chen

Numerical Investigation of a Burning Fuel Droplet Pair with Different Spacings and Sizes, Longbin Yang, Yazhou Shao, Yitung Chen, Yanjun Li, Fuyuan Song, Yingming Hu, Guolei Zhang, Xiaobin Zhang, and Runzhang Xu


Silica-Coated Metallic Nanoparticle-Based Hierarchical Super-Hydrophobic Surfaces Fabricated by Spin-Coating and Inverse Nanotransfer Printing, Shengjie Zhai and Hui Zhao

High-Efficiency Omnidirectional Broadband Light-Management Coating Using the Hierarchical Ordered-Disordered Nanostructures with Ultra-Mechanochemical Resistance, Shengjie Zhai, Yihong Zhao, and Hui Zhao

Non-Uniform Thermal-Hydraulic Behavior in a 61-Rod Bundle of Supercritical Water-Cooled Reactor, Zhirui Zhao, Yitung Chen, Baozhi Sun, Jianxin Shi, Xiang Yu, and Wanze Wu

Submissions from 2018


On the Impact of Electrostatic Correlations on the Double-Layer Polarization of a Spherical Particle in an Alternating Current Field, Elaheh Alidoosti and Hui Zhao


Flexible N-type Thermoelectric Composite Films with Enhanced Performance through Interface Engineering and Post-treatment, Hyeunhwan An, Dale Karas, Byung-Wook Kim, Sarah Trabia, and Jaeyun Moon

In-situ Synthesis of Flexible Hybrid Composite Films for Improved Thermoelectric Performance, Hyeunhwan An, Matthew Pusko, Dongwon Chun, Sanghyun Park, and Jaeyun Moon


Simulation of the Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR) Inside the Cathode Catalyst Layer (CCL) of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells Using the Kinetic Monte Carlo Method, Baosheng Bai and Yi-Tung Chen


First Observation of P-odd gamma Asymmetry in Polarized Neutron Capture on Hydrogen, D. Blyth, J. Fry, N. Fomin, R. Alarcon, L. Alonzi, E. Askanazi, S. Baeßler, S. Balascuta, L. Barrón-Palos, Alex Barzilov, J. D. Bowman, N. Birge, J. R. Calarco, T. E. Chupp, V. Cianciolo, C. E. Coppola, C. B. Crawford, K. Craycraft, D. Evans, C. Fieseler, E. Frlež, I. Garishvili, M. T. W. Gericke, R. C. Gillis, K. B. Grammer, G. L. Greene, J. Hall, J. Hamblen, C. Hayes, E. B. Iverson, and M. L. Kabir

Formation of a Gold Nanoparticle Layer for the Electrodes of Ionic Polymer–metal Composites by Electroless Deposition Process, Jong Min Byun, Taeseon Hwang, and Kwang Jin Kim

Conceptual Design and Coupled Neutronic/thermal-hydraulic/mechanical Research of the Supercritical Water Cooled Ceramic Blanket for CFETR, Jie Cheng, Yingwei Wu, Shijie Cui, G. H. Su, and Yitung Chen

A Posture Balance Controller for a Humanoid Robot using State and Disturbance-Observer-Based State Feedback, Baek-Kyu Cho, DongHyun Ahn, YoungBum Jun, and Paul Oh

Numerical Study on a Novel Hyperbolic Inlet Header in Straight-channel Printed Circuit Heat Exchanger, Wen-xiao Chu, Katerine Bennett, Jie Cheng, Yi-tung Chen, and Qiu-wang Wang

A review of supercritical CO2 Brayton cycle using in renewable energy applications, Wenxiao Chu, Katrine Bennett, Jie Cheng, and Yi-Tung Chen

On-Board Radiation Sensor and Low-Altitude Contour Mapping of Radiation Fields using UAS Swarm, Zachary Cook, Monia Kazemeini, Alexander P. Barzilov, and Woosoon Yim

Development of a New Empirical Correlation for Steam Condensation Rates in the Presence of Air Outside Vertical Smooth Tube, Guangming Fan, Pan Tong, Zhongning Sun, and Yi-Tung Chen

Experimental Study of Pure Steam and Steam-air Condensation over a Vertical Corrugated Tube, Guangming Fan, Pan Tong, Zhongning Sun, and Yi-Tung Chen

Challenges in the Fabrication of Ceramic Technetium Waste Forms, Thomas Hartmann and Annita Martinelli-Becker

Mechanoelectric Transduction of Ionic Polymer-graphene Composite Sensor with Ionic Liquid as Electrolyte, Qingsong He, David Vokoun, Tyler Stalbaum, Kwang J. Kim, Alexander I. Fedorchenko, Xiangman Zhou, Min Yu, and Zhendong Dai


Preface: Heat Transfer Advances for Energy Conservation and Pollution Control, Tzu-Chen Hung, Qiu-Wang Wang, Yi-Tung Chen, and Zhixiong Guo

Cathodic Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD) of Phenylenediamine-modified Graphene Oxide (GO) for Anti-corrosion Protection of Metal Surfaces, Min-Ju Hwang, Myeong-Gi Kim, Sanghoon Kim, Ye Chan Kim, Hee Won Seo, Jung Keun Cho, In-Kyung Park, Jonghwan Suhr, Hyungpil Moon, Ja Choon Koo, Hyouk Ryeol Choi, Kwang Jin Kim, Yongsug Tak, and Jae-Do Nam


Thermal Modeling of a Rooftop Photovoltaic/Thermal System With Earth Air Heat Exchanger for Combined Power and Space Heating, Sanjeev Jakhar, Manoj S. Soni, and Robert F. Boehm

Mechanical Properties and Cytotoxicity of PLA/PCL Films, Heeseok Jeong, Jeongwon Rho, Ji-Yeon Shin, Deuk Yong Lee, Taeseon Hwang, and Kwang J. Kim


Copper-oxide spinel absorber coatings for high-temperature concentrated solar power systems, Dale E. Karas, Jongmin Byun, Jaeyun Moon, and Cilla Jose

Plug-and-play Radiation Sensor Components for Unmanned Aerial System Platform, Monia Kazemeini, Zachary Cook, Joon Lee, Alexander Barzilov, and Woosoon Yim

Towards Micro-Plate Delivery Using a Re-sized Lab Automation Drone in High Throughput Systems, Dongbin Kim and Paul Y. Oh


Mechanical Properties and Flame Retardancy of Surface Modified Magnesium Oxysulfate (5Mg(OH)2·Mgso4·3H2O) Whisker for Polypropylene Composites, Eui-Su Kim, Ye Chan Kim, Jungwoo Park, Youngjun Kim, Sung-Hoon Kim, Kwang Jin Kim, Jonghwan Suhr, Youngkwan Lee, Seong Hoon Lee, Dae-Sik Kim, Soo-Hyun Kim, Ju-Ho Yun, In-Kyung Park, and Jae-Do Nam

Computational Analysis of Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Rocket Fuel and Prospective Coating Materials, Valerie J. Lawdensky and William Culbreth


Design and Control of a Fully-Actuated Hexrotor for Aerial Manipulation Applications, Jameson Y. S. Lee, Kam K. Leang, and Woosoon Yim


Probability Density Function of Velocity Fluctuations in a Rectangular T-junction Duct, Mei Lin, Bo Su, Shi-Cong Li, Yan-Tao Yin, Qiu-Wang Wang, and Yi-Tung Chen

Study of the upper airway of obstructive sleep apnea patient using fluid structure interaction, Yang Liu, Jennifer Mitchell, Yi-Tung Chen, Woosoon Yim, Wenxiao Chu, and Robert Wang

Activated Carbon Impregnated by Zero-Valent Iron Nanoparticles (AC/nZVI) Optimized for Simultaneous Adsorption and Reduction of Aqueous Hexavalent Chromium: Material Characterizations and Kinetic Studies, Soroosh Mortazavian, Hyeunhwan An, Dongwon Chun, and Jaeyun Moon

Synthesis, Characterization, and Kinetic Study of Activated Carbon Modified by Polysulfide Rubber Coating for Aqueous Hexavalent Chromium Removal, Soroosh Mortazavian, Ali Saber, Jaeyoung Hong, Jee-Hwan Bae, Dongwon Chun, Nicolas Wong, Daniel Gerrity, Jacimaria Batista, Kwang J. Kim, and Jaeyun Moon

Baseline Models for Three Types of CIGS Cells: Effects of Buffer Layer and Na Content, Marco Nardone, Yasas Patikirige, Curtis Walkons, Shubhra Bansal, Theresa M. Friedlmeier, Kyoung E. Kweon, Joel B. Varley, and Vincenzo Lordi


Computational Analysis of Blast Loaded Composite Cylinders, Stacy M. Nelson and Brendan J. O'Toole

IPMC Embedded in a Pneumatic Soft Robotic Actuator: Preliminary Experiments in Actuation and SensingBehaviors, J. Neubauer, Tiberio Stalbaum, and Kwang J. Kim


Electroactive Artificial Muscles Based on Functionally Antagonistic Core–Shell Polymer Electrolyte Derived from PS-b-PSS Block Copolymer, Van Hiep Nguyen, Jaehwan Kim, Rassoul Tabassian, Moumita Kotal, Kiwoo Jun, Jung-Hwan Oh, Ji-Myeong Son, Muhammad Taha Manzoor, Kwang Jin Kim, and Il-Kwon Oh

On Humanoid Co-Robot Locomotion when Mechanically Coupled to a Human Partner, Keitaro Nishimura, Magdalena Bugajska, Jean Vaz, Paul Y. Oh, Donald Sofge, and Daniel M. Lofaro

A Reduced Dimensional Mapping Approach for Modeling IPMCs with Computational Efficiency and Rapid Design Development Applications, Zakai J. Olsen and Kwang J. Kim


A Localized Meshless Technique for Generating 3-D Wind Fields, Darrell W. Pepper and Maria Ramos Gonzalez


Modelling of the Combined Microstructural and Cutting Edge Effects in Ultraprecision Machining, M. A. Rahman, K. S. Woon, Vellore Venkatesh, and M. Rahman


Nanoplatelet Reinforcement of Cavity Cell Walls in Polymer Foams Using Carbon Dioxide Supercritical Fluid, Hee Won Seo, Young Jun Kim, Sanghoon Kim, Jungwoo Park, Kisuk Choi, In-Kyung Park, Taesung Kim, Jonghwan Suhr, Kwang Jin Kim, and Jae-Do Nam

A Robotic Multiple-shape-memory Ionic Polymer–metal Composite (IPMC) Actuator: Modeling Approach, Qi Shen, Tyler Stalbaum, Nazanin Minaian, Il-Kwon Oh, and Kwang J. Kim

Influences of Dryout Parameters on Dryout and Post-dryout Heat Transfer, Jianxin Shi, Baozhi Sun, Yitung Chen, Xiang Yu, and Yanjun Li


Self-standing and Shape-memorable UV-curing Epoxy Polymers for Three Dimensional (3D) Continuous-filament Printing, Hanna Sun, Youn Sang Kim, Ye Chan Kim, In Kyung Park, Jonghwan Suhr, Doyoung Byun, Hyoukryeol Choi, Keon Kuk, Oh Hyun Baek, Y. K. Jung, Hyoungjin Choi, Kwang Jin Kim, and Jaedo Nam


Understanding the Thermal Properties of Precursor-Ionomers to Optimize Fabrication Processes for Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites (IPMCs), Sarah Trabia, Kisuk Choi, Zakai Olsen, Taeseon Hwang, Jae-Do Nam, and Kwang J. Kim

Transformer-DARwIn: A Hybrid Locomotion Humanoid Designed to Walk or Roll, Jean Chagas Vaz and Paul Y. Oh